Paul Finebaum is as SEC as Media Days, Harvey Updyke, and those “It Means More” commercials, which is why the latest scuttlebutt in the media world is so disturbing. Finebaum’s contract with ESPN is up this month, and according to the Sporting News’ Michael McCarthy, Fox Sports, specifically its Big Ten Network, is in hot pursuit:
Negotiations between Paul Finebaum and ESPN have heated up, but a powerful new team is bidding for the possible free agent’s services: Fox Sports, and its affiliated Big Ten Network.
The college football provocateur’s five-year contract with ESPN expires this month, said told Sporting News. After a long dry spell in which there have been almost no talks between the Finebaum — host of “The Paul Finebaum Show” on SEC Network — and ESPN management in Bristol, the two sides are close to agreeing on a new deal. “They’re close — but it’s not over yet,” a source said.
Tonight, McCarthy tweeted that Finebaum is still expected to stay at ESPN, but clearly, he’s got options.
Hearing Paul @finebaum still likely to re-sign with ESPN. But he has several options if he doesn't want to extend. Comical that people think he can only talk SEC. He's one of top CFB voices in country, period. Has talked Big Ten, others on Gameday, Mike & Mike, SportsCenter etc.
— Michael McCarthy (@MMcCarthyREV) July 5, 2018
SEC Network, I know a great little radio show that’s ready to make the jump to the big leagues if Pawwwl leaves. Just saying.